What better way to promote and shine a light on anime than to present to you anime animated.
Can you think of a better way to taste the possibilities?
I've listed a combination of my favorite films or series that were influential in my anime diet across time and space for Animate! The Sci-Fi Fanatic BIG 30: Anime.
The thirty (30) best according to The Sci-Fi Fanatic are highlighted in BLUE.
The remainder are not highlighted and are certainly noteworthy and in some cases exceptional as well. My reasons for the best are often tied with exceptional characterization throughout a given series, OVA (a short series) or film. In some cases, like Yukikaze, the visual experience is just as significant as character. Admittedly, a few I have not digested entirely such as Gundam, and as such cannot speak of intelligibly. These are just personal preferences as their hundreds upon hundreds of titles out there.
So those not highlighted should not be discounted. There is something for everyone in anime. I'm certain I've missed some titles worth mentioning. To be honest I've completely omitted Hayao Miyazaki and the family-friendly films of Studio Ghibli because anything he touches is essentially gold and those high caliber pictures are generally well-established fact. Studio Ghibli is like a category unto itself. The only exception I made was Isao Takahata's Grave Of The Fireflies - a Studio Ghibli gem originally released and shown together with My Neighbor Totoro. Now that's one crazy double feature! Please feel free to make note of my omissions.
Enjoy Animate! The Sci-Fi Fanatic BIG 30: Anime in a fun single animated post! So let's take-off and get started.
5 Centimeters Per Second (2007).
Attack On Titan (2013).
Battle Of The Planets (1978-1985).
Blood: The Last Vampire (2000).
Blue Submarine No. 6 (1998-2000).
Burst Angel (2004, 2007).
Cowboy Bebop (1998-1999, 2001).
Diebuster (Aim For The Top 2!) (2004-2005).
Eden Of The East (2009-2010).
Ergo Proxy (2006).
Eureka 7 (2005-2006, 2009).
Freedom Project (2006-2008).
Ghost In The Shell (1995).
Ghost In The Shell 2: Innocence (2004).
Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex.
Ghost In The Shell: S.A.C. 2nd Gig (2002-2006).
The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (2006).
Grave Of The Fireflies (1988).
Gunbuster (Aim For The Top!) (1988-1989).
Gunparade March (2003).
Gunslinger Girl (2003-2004, 2008).
Gurren Lagann (2007-2009).
His And Her Circumstances (1998-1999).
Kimba The White Lion (1965-1966, 1989-1990, 2009).
Jungle Emperor Leo (1997).
King Of Thorn (2010).
Last Exile (2003).
Last Exile: Fam, The Silver Wing (2011-2012).
Millennium Actress (2001).
Mobile Suit Gundam (1979-present; various).
Nadia: The Secret Of Blue Water (1990-1991).
Neon Genesis Evangelion (1995-1997, 2007-present).
Neo Tokyo (1987)
Ninja Scroll (1993)
Origin: Spirits Of The Past (2006).
Patlabor (1988-1993, 2001).
Royal Space Force: The Wings Of Honneamise (1987).
Samurai 7 (2004).
Samurai Champloo (2004-2005).
Serial Experiments Lain (1998).
The Sky Crawlers (2008).
Space Battleship Yamato (1974-1975).
Space Battleship Yamato 2199 (2012-2013).
Strike Witches (2007-2008, 2010, 2012).
Voices Of A Distant Star (2002).
Witch Hunter Robin (2002).
Those in highlights above are anime productions I hope to spend some time on in the future. Keep an eye. If I can elaborate further in comments feel free to ask. If you have a series or film to enlighten me on please do so.
One to look for on US release in 2015 is Knights Of Sidonia (2014) shaping up to be exceptional science fiction series.